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Scientific Revolution

The scientific revolution marked a time where pseudo-science was no longer accepted truth. For thousands of years, philosophers such as Aristotle and Socrates hypothesized about the modern world, developed theories, and if their ideas gained traction they would later be accepted as truth. After the Scientific Revolution, in order to claim a phenomenon as fact,  observable evidence was needed rather than a simple hypothesis.

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Scientific Revolution

The Scientific Revolution around the 16th and 17th century changed the path of Science starting with Nicholas Copernicus belief in a heliocentric cosmos. This view that the earth moved around went against popular belief but sparked a string of complex discoveries that set the new standard for Scientific truth. Copernicus’ discovery led to advanced and more exact discoveries of the cosmos by in regards to the motion of the galaxy. All of the work by scientists like Tycho Bache, Johannes Kepler, Galileo Galilei, and Rene Descartes led to Issac Newton connecting the Universe by a standard set of universal rules.

Newton’s laws marked a change from qualitative thought to the quantitative fact that still impacts science today. The world was no longer the cosmos and land, but a fortified universe. This quantitative thought was necessary for the advancement of Science and Technology. The Scientific Revolution started the switch between philosophical thought and understanding nature. Nature as humans knew it was challenged. God was always the center of the universe, but with the new scientific discoveries, people started to wonder. People wanted to know answers behind the nature we live in. The Scientific Revolution Sparked human’s desire to continually push the envelope on logic and discover new truths.

In today’s society, science and technology dominate the landscape. Everyone is challenged to discover new limits for technology and science. Professionals in their respective fields urge to leave legacies like Newton and Copernicus. In many regards, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs are influenced by this Scientific Revolution. Like those Scientists of the time, they pushed against popular beliefs to make advancements like the computer and iPhone. The corresponding legacies of the Scientific Revolution cannot be understated. Human knowing was forever changed and with the mechanical mindset developed we have been able to progress throughout time. So while the Scientific Revolution sparked new truths in the 16th century, society still feels the influence of pushing to new realities in technology and science today.

The Not-So-Scientific Revolution

Initially, when prompted with assignment of defining the scientific revolution, I thought it to be an easy task. The scientific revolution has a practically universal definition: a period marked by discoveries and advancements within the scientific community that shifted the paradigm and laid the foundation for modern day science. However, after reading Shapin’s The Scientific Revolution and gaining insight into the history behind these discoveries, I began to question my own understanding of the topic. A question that persisted throughout my exploration: To what extent was the Scientific Revolution truly scientific?

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Revolution or Progress?

As we have learned through Shapin’s novel, “there was no scientific revolution.” In that case, it seems my middle school education has failed me. Although Shapin denies the idea of the Scientific Revolution, he does not denounce the accomplishments of 16th and 17th century scientists, philosophers, and cultural influencers. The Renaissance was a time of challenged and motivated thinkers such as Galileo or Michelangelo. Although both of these men were invaluable to the progress of science as a whole, Shapin is under the belief that if the men of the Renaissance and the “Scientific Revolution” didn’t change the way we look at science, someone else would have done the road. In other words, the “science bubble” was waiting for someone to come and pop it and allow growth for the discipline as a whole. Continue reading

Scientific Revolution

During the 16th and 17th century the Scientific Revolution took off in the hands of scientists and philosophers such as Galileo, Copernicus and Kepler. Their minds alone and toegether has transformed a new way to understand and learn about science in a way that had never been done before. These scientists were not just trying to learn more about science, they were trying to get a better understanding about what it is and how ithas beome. All of their knowledge and skills have been used in such a way to understand how our small world fits into the big universe. Continue reading

The Scientific Revolution: The Fusion of Society and Science

The Scientific Revolution of the Early Modern Period was a significant era of discovery. New concepts such as heliocentrism and natural philosophy contributed to a society in which science dictated law. Contrary to Steven Shapin’s opposition to the significant event, the Scientific Revolution was a shift in thinking that altered the fundamentals of science, math, and philosophy.

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Science Proves That Science is True

The Scientific Revolution refers to the time period of changes and developments in thought, technology, and areas of science such as physics, biology, mathematics, and chemistry that transformed the views on society and nature. The 16th and 17th centuries were right at the time of the Renaissance, where the concept of humanism became a part of the intellectual basis, and can oftentimes be defined as an age of development. These times sparked curiosity and hence discovery bridging modern day knowledge.

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